Thursday, 27 July 2017

How to find the best sunglasses to suit your face shape

How to find the best sunglasses to suit your face shape


With summer and the holiday season being in full swing, I wanted to share a blog post about one of my favourite accessories of all time - sunglasses. I have gone through so many pairs of sunglasses over the years, but I have a couple of special designer ones that I always seem to go to.

I've recently collaborated* with GlassesShop.com to show you how to choose the best sunglasses to suit your face shape. They are an American owned online retailer of eyeglasses and sunglasses and very kindly sent me a pair of the Amanda Cat Eye sunglasses that I took on my recent trip to Santorini.

How to find the best sunglasses to suit your face shape

Choosing a style you like


I would recommend starting off by browsing the different styles and shapes that attract you the most. For example, I like quite big and bold sunglasses so I'm instantly drawn to them. Once you know if you're a fan of the cat eye style or not for example, you'll have a good selection to start choosing from.

Getting the fit just right


This step obviously works better when you can try on the sunglasses before buying them, but you can still view the fit and size online at GlassesShop.com which helps when buying online. The most important thing for me in terms of the fit is to ensure that the glasses don't touch my cheekbone, as this can sometimes leave a mark.

Quality is key


I always think it's best to invest in items that will last longer due to the quality. I think the same goes for sunglasses, so whether you are buying prescription sunglasses or regular ones, I would recommend ensuring that the quality is of the highest standard.

If you would like to purchase any sunglasses or prescription glasses from GlassesShop.com, then use my promo code GSHOT50 to get 50% off all eyeglasses online and sunglasses, excluding sale items.

*Thank you to the team at GlassesShop.com who very kindly gifted me the sunglasses to review and write about. All views are honest and my own as always.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Styling the classic British trench coat with Jack Wills



This post is in collaboration with Jack Wills.

If you've been following my blog for a while, you'll know that I'm a big fan of the trench coat. It's such a versatile piece in your wardrobe and perfect for spring and summer. I've collaborated with one of my favourite British fashion brands, Jack Wills, to show you their brand new stylish and sophisticated trench coats. They have also published a fantastic guide on how to style a trench coat. This guide gives you inspiration for styling the classic trench coat, as well as more information on the iconic Jack Wills brand.

One of the most useful sections of the guide by Jack Wills is on trench tips and the different ways of wearing and styling the pieces. It also starts off by explaining the history of the trench, and I had no idea that this style was invented in the 1850s!

What I love most about the trench coat is how it can be styled both for casual and smart looks. It's a piece that you can invest in knowing that you'll get lots of wear out of it. If you choose a neutral colour for your trench, you'll definitely get wear out of it both in the summer and autumn. My personal favourite from the Jack Wills new range is the classic Duncombe trench coat. I think the fit of it is so flattering and chic.

Shop the women's trench coat range at Jack Wills. You can also read my blog post on how I personally like to style the trench coat here.

Photo credit: jackwills.com

Sunday, 9 July 2017

How to find your perfect bardot dress

How to find your perfect bardot dress


A big trend this summer has been the bardot and off the shoulder dress. This look is so flattering and feminine, whilst being perfect for the summer weather. I recently bought this gorgeous blue bardot dress from White cove at ASOS which is ideal for a summer day out. Read on for my tips on finding your perfect bardot dress and styling it.

How to find your perfect bardot dress


How to find your perfect bardot dress


How to find your perfect bardot dress

Choosing a suitable length


Firstly I would recommend researching and trying on different lengths of dresses to see what suits you. As a petite girl, shorter dresses suit me more so I decided to pick this mini dress from White Cove as it falls just above my knee.

How to find your perfect bardot dress


How to find your perfect bardot dress

Details of the dress


I always try to go for things that are slightly different or unusual, so when I saw the ruffles on this dress I was instantly attracted to it! Being petite, at first I didn't think they would suit me, but after trying the dress on, I loved the way the ruffles complement the dress and they add an extra element of detail to it.

How to find your perfect bardot dress


How to find your perfect bardot dress

Colours and design


For a summer look like this, the shade of colour is also important, so I would choose light colours or pastels. This light blue dress is a great colour and complements my dark hair. If you look closely the dress has a striped design, which again adds an extra detail to it.

How to find your perfect bardot dress


How to find your perfect bardot dress


Photography by Kirstie Melville.

Sunday, 25 June 2017

How to find your individual style

How to find your individual style


For a recent special occasion, I slipped on a brand new floor length blue lace dress from True Decadence. Already feeling floaty and like a modern day princess, I ensured my hair was sleek and straight and applied my make up. This dress made me feel so confident and like I had really made an effort. It got me thinking about how my style has changed, evolved and developed over the years. Five years ago for example, I don’t think I would ever have worn something like this blue dress. But now, I like to think of my style as much more classic and timeless. I also like to stand out with bright colours.

Fashion and style is all about finding what you feel most comfortable in, whilst looking your best. It’s a form of self expression and showing your personality through the clothing you wear. Fashion is also about finding trends you love, styling different outfits and creating outfits using what you already have in your wardrobe. I wanted to share how you can find and develop your individual style when it comes to fashion.

How to find your individual style



How to find your individual style

Have fun with your style


If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you will know that I always stress the importance of having fun and enjoying fashion. By this I mean trying new styles and looks, and most importantly, ensuring that you are enjoying it. Wearing this maxi dress for example was definitely something different for me, but I really liked the way it looked. I had lots of compliments when wearing it, even from a lady who was walking past me as we took the photos!

How to find your individual style

Get some inspiration


If you’re still struggling with your personal style, have a look in fashion magazines, celebrities and even other fashion bloggers. I know I have taken inspiration recently from fashion blogger Lydia Elise Millen, as I absolutely love her style. I also really like Kate Middleton’s classic style. I’m proud to say that I am now someone that people ask for fashion tips and advice on, and that means so much to me that I have become an inspiration to others.

How to find your individual style

Comfort comes first


As long as you are comfortable and feel amazing in what you are wearing, you’re winning. Always plan ahead to ensure you’re not in those pair of uncomfortable heels for the whole day. If it’s likely to rain later in the day, take a jacket with you just in case. I always like to plan ahead and even keep a small umbrella with me at all times. In England, you never know when it might rain!

How to find your individual style



Photography by Kirstie Melville.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

How to style the floral embroidery trend

How to style the floral embroidery trend


This spring summer, the floral embroidered mesh look has been a big trend, with both high street brands and high end designers selling pieces such as tops, skirts and dresses in this design. My personal favourite has to be classic dresses in this style, and I spotted this beautifully embroidered Needle & Thread dress which I thought was perfect for this season.

How to style the floral embroidery trend


How to style the floral embroidery trend

The fitting


The style and fit of the dress is perfect for evenings out or even day time events. It’s very flattering around the waist and falls just above my knee. I like how the lace frills at the bottom and at the sleeves, as it makes the look slightly more edgy. This contrasts nicely with the flower embroidery which is really feminine and chic.

How to style the floral embroidery trend


How to style the floral embroidery trend

Details


The lace and net have very intricate details with the floral embroidery. The dress also has an interesting Peter Pan collar, giving off those school-girl vibes. There is also a velvet tie up detail at the back of the dress. It's probably the most detailed dress in my wardrobe and I think it's absolutely stunning.

How to style the floral embroidery trend

Make up and accessories


As the dress is so detailed, I recommend having a neutral make up look so that it doesn't detract away from the dress. I have also kept accessories to a minimum for this outfit, with my gold clutch bag and back high heels.

How to style the floral embroidery trend


Buy this stunning Needle & Thread dress here.

Photography by Kirstie Melville.

Monday, 5 June 2017

The perfect summer day outfit

The perfect summer day outfit


I think summer has finally arrived in England (she says with her fingers crossed!) and that means changing the type of clothing I'm wearing and getting all of those summer dresses out of the wardrobe. I absolutely love the summer months for the fashion, but also for the things you can do during those long summer days. I also love having meals outdoors and whenever I'm in a restaurant I always ask for a table outside when it's hot. I wanted to write about my perfect summer day and what that entails, but also give you an insight into what I think is the perfect summer day outfit.

The perfect summer day outfit

The perfect summer day


For me, an ideal summer day out would consist of brunch sitting outside. Last week, I went to Bill's for brunch with a friend. I tried the vegetarian brunch and it was delicious with a mixture of humous, avocado, tomatoes, mushrooms and poached eggs. This was served on sourdough toast. I would definitely recommend this if you want to try something different to a classic full English breakfast. As the weather was so glorious, we sat and had brunch outside which was the perfect start to the day.

When in the city centre, I like to have a look around the shops, even for just an hour or so. But when the weather is so good, I like to stay outdoors as much as possible. So my perfect summer day would then be to go for a countryside walk and stop of at a local pub or cafe for a coffee and cake break later in the afternoon.

The perfect summer day outfit


The perfect summer day outfit

The perfect summer dress


Now onto outfit details. I decided to wear my white dress from New Look as it's really light and is great for wearing in the heat. I often wear this on holidays, as it's so summery. I really like the print, as it's actually tiny blue stars which is so cute! It's also really flattering as it's tight and fitted around the waist.

The perfect summer day outfit

Comfortable shoes


When walking around all day, I need to be comfortable, so these gorgeous shoes from Pull & Bear are perfect with a block heel. I love the two toned contrast and they are great in the summer.

The perfect summer day outfit


What does your perfect summer day involve?

Photography by Kirstie Melville.

Sunday, 28 May 2017

What to wear for work in the summer

What to wear for work in the summer


For those of you in the UK this week, you'll know that we've had a sudden heatwave of glorious weather. I absolutely love the hot weather in England, but when you're at work or the office during the day, it can get very hot and sticky depending on what you're wearing. I like to still look stylish whilst keeping cool in the heat. Here are my top tips on dressing for the office during the summer months.

Stick to cool fabrics 


During the summer, wool dresses and tops are a definite no for me. It's so important to choose the right fabrics, so things like linen are very popular during summer. This blue dress I'm wearing from New Look is a light fabric which keeps me cool when it's super hot.

What to wear for work in the summer

Space to breathe


I try to avoid tight clothing when it gets really hot in the office. For example, this blue dress I'm wearing is so comfortable and spacious whilst still being flattering. I also like to have bare legs in the summer as tights make me feel too hot! The dress is quite open which is definitely a good thing, as my arms and legs have lots of room.

What to wear for work in the summer

Open shoes


This depends on your company policy about footwear, but if possible I like to have shoes that are open either at the back or front so that my feet have space to breathe as well. There's nothing worse than sticky feet during a heatwave! These gorgeous cream and black shoes are open at the back, giving my feet plenty of space to move around and breathe. They also look very smart for the office.

As you can probably tell, I am loving this weather in England at the moment - let's hope it lasts!

Photography by Kirstie Melville.

How do you like to dress for work in the summer months? 

Thursday, 18 May 2017

The perfect summer evening outfit


The perfect summer evening outfit


The perfect summer evening outfit




It's the middle of May and I'm writing this blog post whilst looking out of the window at the rain. The British summer time has not quite started yet, but that won't stop me from dressing all summery. Summer nights out are the best as you don't have to worry about being cold (most of the time), or taking extra layers with you. I recently went on a night out with some friends and wanted to share my outfit details to inspire you for your summer evenings out.

The perfect summer evening outfit

The dress


Summer is the perfect time to start wearing more dresses. I'm a dress person all year round, but wearing dresses without tights and jackets gives me the best feeling during summer! This red dress is from Jaeger and I absolutely love it. The colour is really bright and stands out. The cut of the dress is extremely flattering, with it falling above my knees. I believe in investing in clothing that makes you feel great, and for me this is the perfect evening outfit for the season.

The perfect summer evening outfit

Accessories 


I took with me the trusty gold clutch bag which fits all of my night out essentials. I like the fact that it has a shoulder strap if you want to wear it cross body. The gold and red also pair nicely together, creating a classic and elegant look.

The perfect summer evening outfit


The perfect summer evening outfit

Make up 


For summer nights out, I like to go slightly brighter with my make up. In this look, I'm wearing my Sephora red matte lipstick which is super long lasting. I've kept the rest of my make up neutral, with no eyeshadow and a little mascara.

The perfect summer evening outfit


The perfect summer evening outfit


Photography by Kirstie Melville.

What is your perfect summer evening outfit? 

Saturday, 6 May 2017

How to style a statement jacket

How to style a statement jacket


When it comes to fashion and styling, I wouldn't say that I always play it safe. Although I love the classic and timeless look, I also really like wearing bold and bright colours. This bright blue jacket could be seen as quite daring by some. However there are ways of wearing and styling statement pieces like this so that they don't look too overbearing.

How to style a statement jacket


How to style a statement jacket

Keep your other items simple 


As the jacket is very statement and bright blue, I decided to ensure that the rest of my outfit was neutral. This look was a smart one suitable for office attire so I wore a black pencil dress underneath the jacket with a pair of black shoes. The blue and black really complemented each other and this ensured that the jacket remained the focal point of the whole outfit.

How to style a statement jacket


How to style a statement jacket

Choose your colours wisely 


Not every statement jacket will necessarily be suitable for everyone. It's good to ensure that the colour suits you and you'll feel most comfortable. I chose a blue jacket as I think that the colour goes well with lots of items in my wardrobe. It's also very smart for office wear.

How to style a statement jacket


How to style a statement jacket


How to style a statement jacket

Completing the outfit 


I like to complete my outfits with suitable accessories and here I've chosen my blue Prada bag which fits loads of stuff in! It also works well with the blue jacket. I decided to keep my jewellery minimal, with just a pair of pearl earrings, along with my Valentino sunglasses.

How to style a statement jacket


Photography by Kirstie Melville.